It has been a few months now since we began this ministry and we having been patiently searching for the right home in the Highland Park neighborhood. My friends from Hope House Detroit came down in early spring and we located a couple of homes that fit the needed size and location but getting in touch with the owners/seller has been met with struggle. We eventually moved on since we were not getting returned calls.
Many of the homes are small and since we need room for interns to live and serve not finding larger homes for sale has been a bit disappointing. The area has many homes that look suitable but have been abandoned, are boarded up, and are not for sale at this point. I am told this is likely due to who is on the title of the home (sometimes it is several relatives) and the inability to locate the various title owners to put the property up for sale.
But I want to share that right after I wrote the above paragraph we located a house that is 5 blocks from the elementary and was for sale, yay! After viewing and getting our funding together we have made an offer and pending the inspection and closing, we are a week away from a purchase.
The home is older but in good shape and will only require a few renovations inside to make it wheelchair accessible.
We are very excited and think this will mean we will be able to begin Read Around the Block come this fall!
Thank you all for your prayers and keep them coming!
Once we finalize the purchase I will share the story of how this all transpired and how God’s Spirit was and is at work.
Update on the Book Drive:
Thank you to all who have donated books for our children’s library. It’s been wonderful to see the variety of titles and stories and fun to continue to get packages from Amazon for those who purchased books for our list.
I would say we have over one hundred & twenty books - Grateful!